Ladies of league take the field
Bundaberg Rugby League president Mal Breen said the organisation would throw its full support into starting an A-Grade women’s competition after hearing a proposal from Queensland Rugby League at the annual general meeting at Salter Oval.
“We are excited about the prospect and there is certainly a lot of interest,” Breen said.
Queensland Rugby League women’s development officer Kylie O’Neill said the proposal included three teams playing in a nine-a-side competition that would run alongside the 2010 BRL premiership.
The other teams are expected to be in Hervey Bay and Childers.
It follows the establishment of similar women’s rugby league competitions in Cairns, Mackay, Townsville and Brisbane.
Bundaberg mother-of-three Leonie Stables is just one of the Bundaberg women already training in anticipation of the first kick-off.
The 36-year-old grew up in a “league-mad” family in Bundaberg and always wanted the opportunity to play the game she loved.
“My three brothers played for Brothers and I was always jealous of them,” she said yesterday.
The women’s rugby league will operate under the banner of Bundaberg Rugby League, but the competition will eventually have its own steering committee.
Rebecca Taylor has spearheaded the campaign in Bundaberg, while Stables has filled the role as publicity officer.
Stables has been doing radio and television interviews as well as school visits, to spread the word about women’s league.
“None of us are butch girls or anything,” Stables said.
“And we don’t have the attitude that we’re going to show the men how it’s done. That’d be ridiculous.
“We just want to have fun and join in on the fun that the boys are having.”
Anyone interested in joining Bundaberg Women’s Rugby League as a player, coach or volunteer can contact Stables on 0406 871 802.